Revised Provincial Regulations Aim to Create a Fairer, Better Ontario

Office of the Premier

Starting July 1, legislation and regulation changes come into effect that aim to make life more convenient and affordable for people in Ontario, strengthen democratic institutions, and help build a fairer, more inclusive province.

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These regulation changes include:

  • Helping seniors participate in community life by providing a refundable tax credit for 15 per cent of the eligible public transit costs of Ontario residents 65 or older.
  • Reducing electricity bills by 25 per cent on average for all residential consumers and as many as half a million small businesses and farms.
  • Providing even greater electricity rate relief for lower-income Ontarians and those living in eligible rural and northern communities by reducing their electricity bills by as much as 40 to 50 per cent.
  • Recognizing the legal status of all parents by amending regulations to include gender neutral terminology wherever possible on 11 family law forms.
  • Creating a new streamlined nomination, registration and endorsement process for candidates in provincial elections.
  • Helping voters get to the polls by standardizing advance voting hours across all locations.
  • Putting spending limits on nomination contestants as well as a limit on contributions by individuals to those contestants.